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Welcome back to Joomlashack!
If you're a returning user, you'll notice things look a bit different. This is just part of our latest relaunch which includes some added FAQ's, a knowledgebase, screencasts and a few more tutorials (all of which we're going to be updating over the next few days). Aside from that, we have some more structural changes designed to make your visit more functional in terms of support and purchasing.
Please read more to familiarize yourself with these changes.
Struggling to set up a School Joomla website? Get a complete responsive and multilingual website specifically designed for schools with 7 top extensions installed and configured.
School Websites need to be content rich, easily managed, and constantly updated. For that reason, since the launch of the Joomla project in 2005 school website admins have found a perfect fit with Joomla as a CMS. So a preconfigured, diagrammed, and structured school website packet makes perfect sense and saves the developer hours and hours of development and tweaking.
This is why back in 2007 we introduced the first Shack Pack for Schools
We are pleased to introduce the Joomlashack Shack Pack for Schools v3
We are very excited to have updated this great product. We hope to help beginners and intermediates (or busy people) build a new School Website or bring their existing one up to date.
I just read an interesting post at Molly.com about a conversation Molly had with Bill Gates over web standards and Internet Explorer. The most interesting (or blind to reality) quote of the entire article (in my opinion) came from Mr. Gates, when he said "Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft?" Granted, Microsoft has been a great innovator in its history, even in terms of web browsers and standards, but that's just it. It's all history. Most of the standards-related initiatives he mentioned were achieved back in the early-to-mid 90's. It's 2007. Things have changed. Things have evolved. Things have improved. Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft? In recent years, everyone. I believe IE7 is a step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to catch up with Firefox.
You can read the transcript of the conversation here.
I just read a great article by Russ Weakley at Max Design titled "Web Standards Checklist". It is a checklist to help you evaluate your site for compliance with web standards. This is a great tool for any designer to help in the design of standards-compliant Joomla! templates. If you are not a designer, this is a great tool to help you evaluate potential templates for your website. The checklist is available in several languages.
I was reading a design site called Web Design From Scratch today, and I found confirmation to something I've known all along JoomlaShack is getting it right! In the site's "Web 2.0 how-to design style guide" under the "Strong colours" section, the first site listed as an example of a site that gets it right is TreoMobile.com, a Joomla!-powered site that uses JoomlaShack's Element template.
From the site:
Bright, strong colours draw the eye. Use them to divide the page into clear sections, and to highlight important elements.
When you have a simple, stripped-out design, you can use a bit of intense colour to help differentiate areas of real-estate and to draw attention to items you want the visitor to notice.
The Treo Mobile site uses 3 areas of strong colour to mark out and advertise 3 main areas of the site.
The background colour makes it clear that this isn't main content, and large, bold title text helps you see quickly what's in each one, so you can decide whether it interests you.
Before I joined the JoomlaShack team, I was a long-time admirer of the work produced here. Now I have even further confirmation that JoomlaShack gets it right! Way to go, guys!
Dictionary.com defines jargon like this:
1. jargon: -noun, the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon.
It also defines jargon like this:
2. jargon: -noun, unintelligible or meaningless talk or writing; gibberish.
Joomla!'s roots go back a few years, and it definitely has a language all its own. Seasoned veterans are fluent in Joomla! jargon, but for "newbies", that second definition is probably the most appropriate definition for what Joomla! jargon really is. For that reason, I have decided to attempt to compile a list of the most commonly used words and/or phrases in Joomla!, and give them a definition that actually means something to a non-veteran Joomla! user.
If you follow Joomla! news, you no doubt heard that Joomla! 1.5 beta was released on October 12 (or October 13, depending on what time zone you live in). This is great news for anyone using Joomla!, because it means that we are close to the stable release of version 1.5. I am extremely excited about this new version for several reasons, but as a designer, there is one main reason for my excitement.
That reason can be summed up in three words: no more tables! The new templating system for J!1.5 enables designers to override the default html output of the core Joomla! components and modules. This means that those pesky tables included in the default output can be a thing of the past, which means improved accessibility, more standards-compliant websites, and better SEO.
This new templating system, greater ease of extensibility (3rd party developers will have an improved framework for building components, modules, and plugins), and a growing, dynamic community make Joomla! the best CMS on the market. The possibilities of what can be done with Joomla! are limitless!
Splash pages (those annoying pages with some sort of fancy graphic or flash intro that say "Click to Enter" or "Skip Intro") are bad. I could spend a whole article trying to convince you of this fact, but I think this article does a better job of it than I could ever do.
One of the most common mistakes made by Joomla! designers is to assume that just because you loaded Joomla! in a directory called "http://www.yourdomain.com/joomla" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/cms" or "http://www.yourdomain.com/home" rather than your root web directory, you are stuck needing to create a splash or intro page in your root directory to point your users to the real site. Nothing could be futher from the truth. As a webmaster, you have a couple of options for pointing users to your content without the need for a splash page. I will try to cover those options in this tutorial.
Ever wonered how to link to a content item without first creating a menu item? Read on if you want to find out the shortcut.
Since the launch of Internet Explorer 7 I struggled with ways to test sites on IE6 & IE7.
One solution which was suggested to me by Dean is to have multiple OS's installed on emulation software such as VMWare.
I installed VMWare as I'm sure it'll come in handy but the 4GB of space it requires to install a second version of Windows XP seemed a bit like over kill for my liking so I searched for another solution.
Here's that solution: http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone - I now have a standalone version of IE6 alongside my updated IE7